Grassroots Spotlight: Roundtables Connect Hospital Advocates with Local Legislators

February 26, 2019

WHA’s Hospitals Education Advocacy Team (HEAT) held three roundtable events this past week with local legislators. The meetings, held in Fort Atkinson, Wausau, and Racine, included discussions between hospital leaders and lawmakers on the upcoming state budget, advocating for key priorities related to Medicaid reimbursement, graduate medical education, and reforming telemedicine regulations.  

On February 18, hospital advocates from Fort HealthCare met with Rep. Don Vruwink (R-Milton). Vruwink represents the 43rd Assembly district, covering portions of Dane, Jefferson, and Rock counties, including parts of Fort Atkinson, Edgerton, Whitewater, and Milton. 

In Wausau on February 22, hospital advocates from Ascension Wisconsin, Aspirus, and North Central Health Care met with Senators Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) and Pat Testin (R-Stevens Point).  Sen. Tiffany’s district covers the north eastern quadrant of the state, while Sen. Testin’s district covers central Wisconsin, from Monroe to Portage county. Sen. Testin is also the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Finally, in Racine yesterday, Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Rep. Robert Wittke (R-Racine) met with advocates from Advocate Aurora, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Froedtert Health. Sen. Wanggaard represents large parts of both Racine and Kenosha counties, a district he has served for most of the last decade. Rep. Wittke was recently elected in 2018 and represents the northern part of Racine county.

HEAT roundtables are held around the state connecting hospital advocates with legislators in their local district. They provide the opportunity to candidly discuss important issues impacting Wisconsin hospitals and the communities they serve. To participate in a HEAT roundtable in your area or host a meeting with legislators at your hospital, contact Kari Hofer, WHA Vice President of Advocacy.

This story originally appeared in the February 26, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter